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English Department

COLLEGE PREPARATORY ENGLISH I, 9th Grade

The course will begin with a brief unit over Hinton’s The Outsiders, which is to be completed over the summer. This class includes a survey of literature and experience in writing expository and literary themes. Other literature covered will be Julius Caesar, The Odyssey, Animal Farm, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and Great Expectations.  In addition to those longer works, students will read various short stories, including a unit focused on the detective genre.  Students will complete a research presentation project in conjunction with a grade level trip to Washington, D.C. During each unit, students learn about the historical events, poetry, and politics that shaped and influenced the different ages.

HONORS ENGLISH I, 9th Grade

In addition to The Outsiders, Honors students’ summer reading unit will include Steinbeck’s The Pearl. This course will cover much of the same curriculum as English I, but at an accelerated rate. In addition, the course will include more writing and the study of two additional plays: Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Students will complete a research presentation project in conjunction with a grade level trip to Washington, D.C.
Prerequisites: Enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 86 in 8th grade English.

COLLEGE PREPARATORY ENGLISH II, 10th Grade

The course will begin with a review, including assessment and project work, of chosen summer reading novels: The Book Thief or Fahrenheit 451. Major representative selections of the short story, poetry, prose, drama, and the novel are studied. The course studies significant authors such as Williams Shakespeare, Harper Lee, Ray Bradbury, and Sandra Cisneros. The course also is designed to refine skills in grammar, usage, mechanics, sentence structure, composition, research tools, and speaking. Writing assignments, both formal and informal, include journals, comparison/contrast and literary essays on setting, character and theme. Students create a project researching a person/organization devoted to serving others and analyze that person/organization’s impact on the community. Prerequisite: English I

HONORS ENGLISH II, 10th Grade

The course will begin with a review, including assessment and project work, of chosen summer reading novels: Lord of the Flies or Fahrenheit 451 and The Old Man and the Sea. Major representative selections of the short story, poetry, prose, drama, and the novel are studied. The course studies significant authors such as Williams Shakespeare, Harper Lee, Mark Twain, and Sandra Cisneros.  In addition to assigned course reading, students will read a novel of their choosing outside of class and create a project illustrating its literary merit. The course also is designed to refine skills in grammar, usage, mechanics, sentence structure, composition, research tools, and speaking. Writing assignments, both formal and informal, include journals, comparison/contrast and literary essays on setting, character and theme. Students select and read a classic short story; after annotating and researching, students create a project analyzing the importance of both author and short story. Students also create a learning portfolio second semester. 
Prerequisites: English I; Enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 86 in English I.

COLLEGE PREPARATORY ENGLISH III, 11th Grade

The course will begin with a test over Knowles’ A Separate Peace, which is to be read over the summer.  The course consists of a comprehensive study of American literature from the founding fathers to the present, including such writers as Longfellow, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Crane, and Fitzgerald.  Complete works studied include The Crucible and The Great Gatsby. Grammar, mechanics, and usage will be reviewed as needed to improve ACT and SAT scores and writing.  Students will write papers of literary analysis and a Persuasive Research Paper after studying logic and fallacies.  A special project will be Twenties Day.
Prerequisites: English I, II

DUAL ENROLLMENT HONORS ENGLISH III, 11th Grade

The following Dual Enrollment English course is taught by Trevecca Nazarene University. Students who successfully complete the course receive 3 hours credit for ENGL 1020 - English Composition I.  Dual Enrollment English III is a prerequisite for taking DE as a senior. Dual Enrollment courses require tuition to the college or university beyond DCA tuition. 

COLLEGE PREPARATORY ENGLISH IV, 12th Grade

The course will begin with a review, including assessment and project work of Sarah’s Key.
This course is a survey of World Literature with an emphasis on British literature from the Anglo-Saxon era to the present. The text used is The Language of Literature.  Major works studied include Hamlet, Brave New World, a world literature survey, as well as a contemporary nonfiction of the student’s choosing.  Grammar and mechanics are reviewed to improve writing and ACT/SAT scores. In addition to literary analysis, students write a college entrance essay, college resume and formal research paper, as well as informal writing in a variety of forms. An overall emphasis is on developing critical thinking, reading, and writing skills in preparation for college and beyond. Prerequisites: English I, II and III.

DUAL ENROLLMENT HONORS ENGLISH IV, 12th Grade 

The following Dual Enrollment English courses are taught by Trevecca Nazarene University. Students who successfully complete both semesters receive 3 hours credit for ENGL 1080 - Comp IIand 3 hours credit for ENGL 2000 - World Literature.  Dual Enrollment courses require tuition to the college or university beyond DCA tuition.  
Prerequisites: English I, II, and III; Only students who take Dual Enrollment Honors English as juniors may do so as seniors.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH IV LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION, 12th Grade

The course will begin with an in-depth review, including assessment and project work, of summer reading novels: Huxley’s Brave New World, Gladwell’s Blink, and Wharton’s Ethan Frome. Throughout the course, AP students will rigorously work to strengthen their critical thinking, literary analysis, and writing skills while studying a survey of American, British, and World Literature. Core works include: Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Orwell’s 1984, Morrison’s Sula, lbsen’s A Doll’s House, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. In addition, students will use the Bedford Introduction to Literature AP text book for a representative sample of poetry and short stories. Students will practice critical thinking and writing skills through a wide variety of assignments, including poetry response, research writing, and literary analysis.

All students taking this course are required to take the AP exam, with a cost of approximately $90.
Prerequisites: English I, II, and III; enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 93 in Honors English III.

CREATIVE WRITING (Elective), 10th through 12th Grades 

1 semester, 0.5 credit
This class is designed for students who are serious about their writing and wish to improve their overall writing ability.  We will look at samples of outstanding writing as students seek to improve their own writing process.  Through a wide range of writing projects, students will have the opportunity to write poetry and short stories.

JOURNALISM (Elective), 10th through 12th Grades

This course is an introduction to journalism and covers the following topics: history of journalism, First Amendment rights, careers in journalism, interviewing skills, basic digital photography, and working with deadlines.  Students produce the online newspaper, The Inkwell.   Class is limited to 15 students.

DUAL ENROLLMENT HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING (Elective), 11th and 12th Grades

1 semester, 0.5 high school credit/3 college credit hours
This three hour college course (COM 112) is an oral communication skills course that emphasizes organizing thoughts, adapting messages to specific audiences, using language correctly, delivering messages verbally and nonverbally with confidence, and improving active listening and evaluation skills.  This class requires tuition to the college or university beyond DCA tuition.                
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA and teacher approval

YEARBOOK (Elective), 11th and 12th Grades

This course consists of the production of the school yearbook.  The student will develop practical skills in accurate reporting, interviewing, composing, layout, and production.  Enrollment will be limited to ten students.
Prerequisite: Yearbook advisor’s approval

DIGITAL MEDIA CREATION (Elective) 11th and 12th grades 

1 semester, 0.5 credit
This is a research and process-based course that utilizes digital media to create newscasts highlighting elements of DCA student body, problem solve through research culminating in a digital product, create products that present non-fiction story telling, and emphasize the importance of the process from brainstorming to final product (a process that mirrors the writing process).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS I and II (Elective)

ELL is designed for international students that are new to American culture, and to DCA.  In this program we will introduce the English language and how it is constructed and used.  We will also be working on pronunciation, speaking, reading, and writing skills.  The goal of this program is to improve the proficiency of ELL students in their second language in order to mainstream them into a regular classroom schedule.

PEER TUTORING/WRITING CENTER THEORY‚Äč (Elective) 11th and 12th grades 

1 semester, 0.5 credit
This course covers the basics of peer tutoring in writing skills. Emphasis is on developing skills in the following areas: 1) peer tutoring techniques and interpersonal communication, 2) writing process–critical analysis, 3) writing across the curriculum. Students will begin peer tutoring early in the semester, and the dynamics of the sessions are analyzed and discussed in class. This is a hands-on course, combining Writing Center theory and practice.